Article of the Day: France to begin Syria reconnaissance flights, mulls air strikes

France to begin Syria reconnaissance flights, mulls air strikes France has taken a bold first step in attempting to quell the dual onslaught in Syria of pro-Assad forces and ISIS which have led to the untenable refugee situation spilling out of its borders. The answer to this humanitarian crisis is not merely to welcome more […]

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Article of the Day: The French should be watching the antics of the UK’s Labour party

The French should be watching the antics of the UK’s Labour party Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is quite an enigma. If he, as many anticipate, wins the internal election to become Labour leader, the perplexing MP from Islington North will be the newest in a series of far-left leaders rising to the top of his party […]

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It’s time for a European Grand Bargain

Entrenched economic positioning can only hurt the region’s economy and embolden the growing Eurosceptic movements The power paradigm in Europe is rapidly changing, and Germany isn’t happy. The days when the Nicolas Sarkozy – Angela Merkel axis both dictated and drove European policy are behind us and have given way to an unlikely new pair: […]

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Tabloidization: How Our Endless Desire for Sensational News is Crowding Out Great Leaders

A google search of articles relating President Obama turned up over 163,000 articles in the last day alone.  Is the overexposure of public officials crowding out future great leaders? I read a fascinating article today by Aaron David Miller about how greatness in American presidencies is likely drawing to a close.  He argues, quite accurately […]

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Renzi-mania and Hollande-phobia: Defining the Anti-Austerity Rhetoric in Brussels

French President François Hollande’s approval rating was reported at a dismal 13% today, breaking his own record for unpopularity. Amidst the freefall of the President’s approval ratings, there is little wonder that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has assumed the responsibility of leading the anti-austerity charge in Brussels. As the most powerful socialist in Europe, […]

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Ed Miliband, a British François Hollande?

An article last week in The Guardian argued that Britain under Ed Miliband would be similar, at least in substance, to France under François Hollande.  I think that claim is somewhat exaggerated.  Although Miliband is very open about his left-leaning stance, I don’t truly think the two are comparable simply as Miliband appears to have more […]

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The Crisis that Never Was

The first government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls lasted a total of 147 days, making it the shortest government not interrupted by a parliamentary election in the history of the Fifth Republic. Political crises in France are a dime a dozen these days.  Just yesterday, former Economy Minister and current IMF Director Christine Lagarde was […]

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Matches, Mistrals, and Moscow: The Politics of Sanctions

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was criticized this weekend for accepting a 160,000GBP donation from a Russia Oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  This adds to a week where European governments have had to weigh foreign policy decisions against domestic considerations. Following the tragic downing of MH17, Europe has resorted […]

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Banning Rationality: How France’s Government Fueled Radicals

French authorities have estimated that roughly 14,500 people demonstrated today in Paris in support to Palestine. This march comes after a weekend marked by clashes between Palestinian supporters and French police. The pro-Palestine march organized in Paris tonight occurred with almost no abuses or any indications of violence. This is a far cry from the […]

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From Finances to Politics: A Look at the State of France’s Broken Center-Right

France’s center-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) has accrued a debt of over 74.5 million euros, according to a recent audit of the party accounts. This latest revelation could prove to be the final blow for a party marred in scandals that has so far proven incapable of actively opposing the policies of French […]

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